Published: 16 February 2024

University of Surrey Open Research Culture post event report

Following the success of previous years’ Open Research Culture events, the 2024 University of Surrey Open Research Culture event took place on Wednesday 31 January.

Despite train strikes, the event attracted over 150 in-person attendees and over 150 online participants across the day, demonstrating the University of Surrey’s status as a lead UK institution in Open Research.

The event was opened by Professor Lisa Collins, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, and included thought-provoking keynote talks from Dr Steven Hill (Chair of the REF 2029 Steering Group) on the topic of “Research Culture: from policy to implementation (PDF)” and Professor Marcus Munafo (chair of the UK Reproducibility Network) who presented on “Research Ecosystems and Research Quality (PDF)”.

There were also presentations from candidates shortlisted for the Open Research Award, won by Dr Sacha Beniamine for his work on “Leading Open Data Practices in Linguistics”, as well as networking opportunities and a panel discussion. Drop-in clinics designed for further discussion, advice and signposting took place too.

Take a look at the programme of events (PDF).

Watch the full event (if you need captions then please contact us at

The University of Surrey is as a leading UK institute in Open Research and this event demonstrated our commitment to enhancing the scale and impact of research throughout the world.

Open Research is increasingly being recognised on a global scale because of the benefits it can generate for scientists and society at large and I’m delighted that Surrey is at the front of this cultural evolution.

I would like to thank our keynote speakers for their contribution to our inspiring event and encourage everyone – whether you are just starting to think about Open Research or already embed Open Research practices into your research – to take away your learnings from the day and share them with colleagues to effect change.
Professor Lisa Collins, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

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